Public voices opposition to foreign gun sale proposal

WASHINGTON – A Trump-administration measure that would lift foreign gun sales — backed by the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation — has sparked a wave of opposition among gun-rights activists. The president’s proposed rule, introduced in May, would shift oversight of foreign handgun and semi-automatic rifle sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department. But the rule must survive waves of public comment before any change can go into effect. As the July 9 deadline nears – marking the end of a 45-day comment period – much of the public commentary is expressing opposition to the rule, with the majority saying the proposal is the result of gun lobbyists’ efforts to offset reductions in domestic gun sales. “This is another yet another example of the Trump administration promoting the economic interests of the gun industry over the lives and safety of Americans across the country and now, people around the world,” Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., and the vice-chairwoman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said. Esty did not comment directly on the feedback pages. The rule would also eliminate Congress’ ability to approve gun sales overseas that are more than $1 million. Other commentators harped on remarks that the rule would fuel gun violence in other countries, where firearm restrictions are relatively looser than the United States. “Sound policy would not make it easier for U.S. gun manufacturers who made the assault weapons used in the mass shootings at Sandy Hook, Pulse nightclub, Las Vegas and […]

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